ERIC Number: ED442576
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1999
Reference Count: N/A
Too Safe for Their Own Good? Helping Children Learn about Risk and Lifeskills.
Because young children have a limited understanding of risks that surround them, many adults try to create a risk-free environment for them. Suggesting that this strategy may leave children without the skills to manage risk and may make it difficult for them to judge situations for themselves, this book provides a practical guide showing adults how they can share their skills with young children and teach them about safety in a caring, supervised environment. Chapter 1 discusses the use of risk assessment in early childhood settings. Chapter 2 examines what and how children learn about safety from birth to age 8 years. Chapter 3 discusses how adults can deal with accidents in a way that will support children's learning, focusing on a problem-solving approach and providing emotional support, while chapter 4 provides strategies adults can use to share their experience with children, including coaching and sharing skills. Chapter 5 details the opportunities for learning self-care and caring skills in early childhood settings, including hygiene, basic first aid, and fire and heat. Chapter 6 deals with ways of providing balance between safety and a decent challenge in physical play. Chapter 7 discusses the use of tools in early childhood activities such as crafts and gardening and ways to increase children's ability to take responsibility. Chapter 8 examines child safety during travel and their increasing ability for independent travel. Chapter 9 discusses sharing responsibility with parents regarding children's safety. Chapter 10 presents staff activities for ensuring safe, enjoyable play. (KB)
Descriptors: Accidents, Caregiver Child Relationship, Child Safety, Early Childhood Education, Foreign Countries, Parent Teacher Cooperation, Personal Autonomy, Play, Risk, Risk Management, Safety, Self Care Skills, Self Evaluation (Groups), Teacher Student Relationship, Travel, Young Children
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Publication Type: Books; Guides - Non-Classroom
Education Level: N/A
Authoring Institution: National Early Years Network, London (England).